Warner Bros. Might Delay GANGSTER SQUAD Release until January in Order to Accommodate Re-Shoots [Update: New Official Release Date is January 11]

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On Monday, we reported that Warner Bros. was going to drop a climatic scene in their upcoming film Gangster Squad because the scene was reminiscent of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado this past Friday.  Because the scene, which features characters shooting through a movie screen into the audience, was important to the plot, the film was going to require reshoots.  Rather than take a moment to breathe, trust the maturity of moviegoers, and keep the film intact, Warner Bros. will delay the movie to accommodate reshoots.

According to THR, the studio is now looking at a January 11th release date.  [Update:  THR followed up to report that Warner Bros. officially moved Gangster Squad to January 11th.]  While this will clearly push Gangster Squad out of the awards race (although it was looking more like a straight action movie anyway), it will give the production time to reassemble the cast, find time for the key players to do press, and give the film weak competition in the also-delayed Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of Gangster Squad, and to check out the trailer, which includes the soon-to-be-nixed scene.

Here’s the official synopsis for Gangster Squad:

Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and–if he has his way–every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop…except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart. “The Gangster Squad” is a colorful retelling of events surrounding the LAPD’s efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time.

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  • Diego

    At least they are going to film reshoots to keep the film’s plot intact instead of chopping the scene and leave a huge plot hole… unlike “Daredevil” for example….

  • Diego

    At least they are going to film reshoots to keep the film\’s plot intact instead of chopping the scene and leave a huge plot hole… unlike \"Daredevil\" for example….

  • Diego

    At least they are going to film reshoots to keep the film\\\’s plot intact instead of chopping the scene and leave a huge plot hole… unlike \\"Daredevil\\" for example….

  • Ethan

    Utter silliness.

  • Ron

    Delayed until January? The movie’s reputation is going to the can now…

  • Ron

    Delayed until January? The movie\’s reputation is going to the can now…

  • Underground Anthem TX

    My cynicism is taking over– I think all this hoopla is to cover for what is probably a bad movie that isn’t getting good buzz. Now, if the film does poorly, the studio has the built in excuse of the tragedy. Dumping it in January? The nation’s attention span isn’t THAT long. This thing could have been moved to November.

    I hope that doesn’t come off as insensitive, but that’s my take on this whole fiasco.

  • j. cho

    Entirely unnecessary. What’s done is done. If another incident like this occurs it will be because of how sensationalized the media is making this. If the killer wanted attention, he’s sure as shit getting it. This serves no purpose.

    In an unrelated note, it appears Collider doesn’t like quotation marks or apostrophes. Might be worth looking into.

  • Evan

    It looked like a badass action scene and I would loved to have seen it. I am glad they are doing reshoots to repair the film. Maybe something more realistic since that Grauman’s Chinese Theater shootout never happened in real life.

  • Ticklemytoes

    It can’t be any worse than 30 Minutes or Less.

  • Kroz

    You could have at least mentioned the original release date, Matt! I thought you’re just obnoxious, now you’re also incompetent!

    • Get Em

      He doesn’t need to when the banner has it tool

      • Kroz

        Nice try, Matt! Its basic journalism, genius! You supply all the necessary information in the article you write! You don’t rely on supplemental images to relay the information that your reader needs to know.

  • Tim25

    I understand the reasoning behind reshoots, but why they would release the movie in January, the month where movies are placed to die, is beyond me. I know there have been success stories in January, but why not save it until March or April when it would have a better chance at success? This just seems like a panic move by a studio.

  • Get Em

    It\’s retarded how studios think Americans are stupid children . Since some ass wipe has a stick up his ass and a few marbles lose we should all suffer . I know its insensitive and all that bs but I mean Cmon this shit happens all the time in the world . Like when Boondock Saints didn\’t get a release in American theaters bc of 9/11. Yes its a tragedy but the press is giving the Dick enough attention anyways how about you just let Michael Moore\’s fat ass do a movie on the shooting and leave would could have been an amazing movie alone .

  • Rev. Slappy

    If they’re going to delay the release then why do the reshoots? Six months should be enough time to show respect for the Colorado incident and then there’s no need to alter the film.

  • Smartgunner

    I think it’s a good move. Leaving it in is bound to create agro in the media no matter when it’s released, I think it’s a wise choice that the studio are trying to lessen the potential bad media attention the movie would get by leaving it in, and none of the f@#kwits in the above comments clearly give a sh*t about the victims, so nice one, Warner Bros for taking a step back and rejigging things so as not to affect the story.

  • Fravit

    Smart move for marketing, not so much for artistic integrity. I guess if it HAS to be reshot, my only hope is that the original cut of the film (with the theatre scene intact) makes it to DVD so we can still choose to see it.

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